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Why Disability History Month Matters

November marks Disability History Month and we should all be celebrating. It is a month long national event which showcases the diverse cultural history of disabled people while highlighting the horrific injustices and systematic exclusions the community have forever faced. The first Disability History Month was held in 2010, launching a national organisation that “(created) […]

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News

Scottish Labour leader to speak at pro-People’s Vote rally

On Monday 9 September, a People’s Vote rally will be held in conjunction with Edinburgh University Students’ Association. Beginning at 6pm in Teviot Underground, the rally will take place as part of a series of event organised by ‘For Future’s Sake’, a youth and student-led movement campaigning for a People’s Vote on any form of […]

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Interview: Principal Peter Mathieson on his first year in office

Focusing on his New Years message sent to all students on 9 January, The Student spoke to Principal Mathieson about his first year in office, accessibility in the university and his plans moving forward. How have you found your first year as Principal? I’m enjoying Edinburgh; I’m enjoying living in Edinburgh. Edinburgh’s been a very […]

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Lifestyle

The Money Diaries: a third year student living with a disability

As part of starting an open discussion about students and their relationship with money, and taking inspiration from Refinery29’s own ‘Money Diaries’ series, we at The Student are writing about our own experiences in order to start breaking down much of the taboo that still surrounds discussion of money. As part of our Disability History […]

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Voices

Voices: disability means (in)visibility

The first time I stepped out in public with my walking stick, I got stuck behind a rather dishevelled stag group. Dressed in half-matching t-shirts and stumbling over cobbles with 11 am bottles, I took a protective wide angle across the Grassmarket as I clipped passed them. I heard a member of their group shout: […]

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Staff inequalities at the University of Edinburgh must be tackled

The University of Edinburgh is a leading university in many ways. We top the tables as the largest university in Scotland, we have the largest budget surplus, the highest paid Principal and, now, one of the highest staff gender pay gaps of all the universities in Britain. While equal pay legislation has been in place […]

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Science

I want to hold your hand: the health benefits of hand holding

Holding hands with a loved one can have a multitude of health benefits, according to a study published this week. The report, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that holding someone’s hand can reduce pain in either individual, steady the couple’s heart rates and even synchronise their brain waves. Lead author […]

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Why Stacey Dooley represents the best of investigative journalism

Content warning: sexual abuse, rape and domestic violence. TV Presenter Stacey Dooley is perhaps the most engaging female investigative journalist working in Britain today. Bursting onto screens in 2009 as a participant in Blood, Sweat and T-shirts, a series that followed six fast-fashion consumers as they faced the realities of high-street manufacturing in an Indian […]